Much like the entire 2013 postseason leading up to the Boston Red Sox World Series victory was dominated by beard talk, the 2014 season is starting out the same way. Some of it has to do with players finally breaking the restraints of the Yankees’ restrictive policy. Some of it has to do with new teams implementing stricter facial hair policies. And then there are those who shocked us with a completely new and clean shaven look.
Among the latter would be one of the Red Sox most notable beardmen in 2013, Jonny Gomes.
He done did it!! I might have to be next pic.twitter.com/UvSzToz5Yt
Gomes did it indeed, and he did it for a great cause.
Appearing on Fox News' Fox & Friends, Gomes earned a $10,000 donation from Norelco to the Travis Roy Foundation by letting Elisabeth Hasselbeck take a couple of different razors to his face and give him a fresh start prior to the 2014 season. Gomes recently joined forces with Roy, the former Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed after sliding head-first into the boards on his first shift as a Terrier, but has since graduated from BU and raised millions to fund research and assist survivors of spinal cord injuries.
You can view video of the ceremonial shaving by following the link above. It came just hours after Gomes appeared at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. He even took a photo with a contestant with similar facial hair.
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Even earlier in the week, Gomes posted video of himself trimming his beard for a promotional spot with Norelco.
It was the beginning of the end of a glorious beard.
Gomes now joins real teammates David Ortiz, Shane Victorino and honorary teammate Steve Horgan — aka Bullpen Cop — as Red Sox personnel who have shaved their beards for charity this offseason. A tip of the cap (or tug of the beard, if you have one) to each for their gracious actions and donations.
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